“The Killer Next Door” (Penguin Books), by Alex Marwood
Desperation brings six people to a decaying Victorian apartment house where the tenants’ desolation pales in comparison with one neighbor’s despicable acts.
Fans of Sarah Waters will feel cloaked in comfy familiarity when they sink into her new novel, "The Paying Guests."
The setting is London, 1922. The post-war economy forces upper-class Frances, a single woman in her late 20s, and her mother to begrudgingly take in lodgers. The book opens with the arrival of newlyweds Len and Lilian Barber, who are solidly middle-class.
Best-selling books for the week ending Aug. 31, as tracked by Nielsen Bookscan. Listings include hardcover fiction and non-fiction as well as mass market and trade paperbacks.
Deborah Harkness has spun the final thread in the "All Souls" trilogy. The intricately crafted, epic adventure of a witch and a vampire concludes in The Book of Life.
Historian Diana Bishop, the witch, and scientist Matthew Clairmont, the vampire, continue their search for a magical manuscript, "The Book of Life," encountering old enemies and new crisis in their quest.
George R.R. Martin knows all the signs of Boba Fett Syndrome.
Named for the minor “Star Wars” character who fans demanded to know more about, Boba Fett Syndrome is most acute for any book or film series that has reached the level of phenomenon, when minutiae becomes major. For Martin, this has meant not just the usual demands for the next “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel (don’t ask, he’s still working on it), but constant letters and emails asking for information on everything from dragons to Aegon Targaryen’s war against the Seven Kingdoms.
So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways.
Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So he has completed “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography,” in which Harris steps back into the second person to allow you to imagine yourself onstage, on television, or, in November 2006, on edge as you prepare to tell the world you’re gay.
1. “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett (Dutton Adult)
Stuart Rojstaczer celebrated the publication of his debut novel in the city where he debuted, so to speak.
Rojstaczer, who was born in Milwaukee, returned to Milwaukee on Sept. 10 to talk about The Mathematician’s Shiva, his wryly funny first novel about middle-age, family, genius and the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience after World War II.
“Waking up begins with saying am and now.” This is the first line of Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, a novel that, when it first appeared in 1964, shocked many with its frank, sympathetic and moving portrayal of a gay man.
Stephen King, Nora Roberts and Donna Tartt are among the hundreds of authors who have added their names to an online letter criticizing Amazon.com for restricting access to works published by Hachette Book Group.
The letter, initiated by Hachette author Douglas Preston, urged Amazon to resolve its standoff with Hachette over e-book prices and other issues. Readers were asked to email Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at jeff(at)amazon.com and “tell him what you think.” Amazon has slowed delivery on books by Preston and other Hachette authors, limited discounts and removed pre-order tags for upcoming releases.